Things have been going so well. You got through Halloween without eating the entire bowl of Reese’s Cups before the trick-or-treaters arrived and now you’re back on track with your PiYo diet plan. Come summer, you’re bound to have that great beach body you’ve been dreaming of … right?
Well, don’t start bikini shopping just yet. Remember, the holiday season is right around the corner and if there has ever been an excuse to binge on buttery starches and sugary pumpkin pies, it’s during a four-hour meal with your family.
Here are some helpful tips and tricks you can try to make sure you stick to your PiYo diet and fitness plan during these truly trying times:
- Bring a dish to pass. Most family gatherings are potluck-style meals anyway, so this is actually the perfect opportunity to contribute a healthy option. Bring a salad, a broth-based soup, or one of your favorite PiYo meal plan dishes so that you can indulge, too.
- Avoid the snack table. Plant yourself more than an arm’s length away from the munchies while you chat. It’s easy to mindlessly reach into the bowl of chips and shovel those salty morsels into your mouth every few seconds. You may not even realize you’re doing it. This Thanksgiving, don’t even give yourself that opportunity.
- Don’t shop while hungry. Soon enough you’ll be headed to the mall to take care of all your holiday shopping. If your local mall is like most American shopping centers, it’s not known for its healthy dining options. Don’t tempt yourself by strolling past the food court on an empty stomach. Keep a little baggy of almonds in your purse if you plan on spending more than a couple hours on the hunt for those perfect holiday gifts.
- Eat before a holiday party. Similarly, it’s wise to fill up on healthy foods before heading to a holiday party. This way you will be less likely to binge on sugar cookies and eggnog the moment your stomach starts to grumble.
There are a few reasons only 20% of dieters are able to lose weight and keep it off. One of those reasons is a lack of self-discipline. The best advice for the holiday season – stay strong. Find a PiYo diet buddy for support and advice. Most importantly, remember that there’s a lot more to the holidays than fatty foods and sugary drinks. Enjoy the time with loved ones and be thankful for all the other great things in your life.